To Lose Weight, A Diary can Help

When you need to get your weight down, making an appointment with a certified clinical hypnotist is your smartest first step. Hypnosis attacks the fat problem from multiple angles to help you take excess weight off and keep it off. However, as effective as hypnosis is, there are things you can do to help it work even better. One of those things is to keep track of what you are eating.

To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn, and most of us actually have no idea how much we eat each day. We underestimate the amount of food we shovel into our mouths. So even with the effectiveness of hypnosis, whether you are on a formal diet of some kind, or just trying to eat sensibly, you need to be able to at least have a rough estimate. how much you are eating at each meal. The solution is to keep a food diary.

Do this:

First, go to the good old internet and locate a source that will give you a rough number of calories in the foods you typically eat. Second, buy a calendar, the kind with boxes for each day.

Now start your diary. Make it with two columns. On the first day of your week, whatever day you choose that to be, write down the things you had for breakfast in one column, and the number of calories those things contained in the other column. Do the same for lunch, for dinner, and for any snacks you had.

Then go to your calendar and write down the total number of calories you ate that day.

Do that every day, and at the end of the week, add up everything and write that down on your calendar.

Keep it up, week after week. Because you are taking advantage of the power of hypnosis, one of the things you will begin to notice is that the numbers will begin to get smaller each week. That will be a reward in itself, which will help you keep going even before your weight loss begins to show in the mirror.

Even after you reach your desired weight, it will be a good idea to do the food diary one week a month, just to stay on top of things and remind yourself that you are the boss of your body.

Feeling Fat? Having A Fat Day?

Let’s say you got the word that hypnosis is an excellent way to lose weight. You made an appointment with a skilled hypnotist, liked what happened, and returned for another session. You started losing weight, and that took time. Depending on how much you needed to lose, it could have taken you anywhere from a few months to more than a year.

The main thing is that, with the help of hypnosis, you succeeded. You look great, your energy level is high, you’ve had to buy new clothes. People are complimenting the new you.

But here’s a thing you need to know. There are going to be days when you look in the mirror and you see a fat person looking back at you. You won’t just feel fat, you will see fat.

Here’s the reason. We all have emotional ups and downs. Sometimes we feel happy and successful. Other times, usually when things are not going well, we feel bad about ourselves—our actions, our relationships, our efforts. Some of us are prone to mood swings, and today the mood is down.

Feelings tend to cluster together, good ones in one bunch, and bad ones in another. When you were still overweight, that felt bad. That fat self-image fell into the bad group of feelings, and was often the most intense one. So when something happens to get you down, you don’t just feel angry, or sad, or whatever. You feel fat. More than that. You don’t just feel fat. You look in the mirror, and you are fat.

Now, of course, you aren’t actually fat. If someone took a snapshot of you right that moment, and you looked at the picture, you would not see fat. But when you look in that mirror, you do. That’s because what you are really seeing are the bad feelings you are having right then.

When that happens to you, and it will now and then, do this. Treat that fat feeling as a symptom. Ask yourself what is going on in your life right then. What happened to you today, or yesterday, that has you upset, or angry, or down?

Whatever that is, it is the real problem, and you need to decide what to do about it. Even if you don’t come up with a solution right that moment, you will suddenly notice that when you look in the mirror again, the fat has magically vanished.

Can a hypnotist find your lost or misplaced belongings?

Hypnotists are often asked for help finding something missing—a phone, a valuable piece of jewelry, where in the world I parked the car that night pub crawling—with the idea that the hypnotist can put the caller into a trance, rewind the memory, and voila!

A skilled professional like Gold Coast hypnotist Greg Thompson can, in fact, get the job done; but the work is more complicated than the average person would believe. Memories are not simply stored in the brain like videotapes or photographs, and retrieving them can be a complex task.

An important contributor to the modern view of how memory works was neuroscientist Karl Pribram, who developed a model of mental functioning he dubbed holonomic brain theory. What he proposed was the idea that the brain operates like a three-dimensional hologram.

What a hologram does, essentially, is take a visual image, split it up into multiple parts, and then project those parts together to create a three-dimensional picture. Pribram’s idea was that anything a person observes is split up into multiple pieces, and each piece is stored in a different part of the brain. Memory involves pulling those bits and pieces together to form a whole image, like a hologram.

So anything you experience or do, if it makes a strong enough impression to stick in your mind, gets broken up into pieces and stored in different parts of your brain. What you saw will go into some part of the brain’s visual cortex. What you heard will go somewhere in the part of the brain that remembers sounds and voices. Physical impressions will be stored in another place. How you felt about it will go into yet another part of the brain.

Remembering the experience involves pulling all those pieces out and sticking them together again. You are not playing a tape. You are building a hologram.

Most of us have experienced taking something apart and then having trouble putting it together again. It’s the same with those mental holograms. Making it more complicated is the fact that most of us pay more attention to some things than to others, so some parts of a memory will be clear as crystal, and other parts will be foggy.

This is where hypnosis comes into play. A competent hypnotist has the skills to bring all of those parts of a memory back and help you put them into a coherent picture.

Some Tip to Help Lose Weight

Working with a competent hypnotist is a great start for weight loss, but there are other things as well that you can do to keep yourself moving along the road to a health weight. We offered some tips earlier. Here are some more. They are easy to do, and will add power to your weight loss regimen.

Eat three meals a day, every day. Never skip a meal. You live in the twenty-first century, but your body still lives in the Stone Age, when there were no supermarkets, not even an occasional deli. People sometimes had to go without food for long periods of time. When that happened, their metabolisms slowed down to save energy by burning fewer calories. When you go long periods of time without eating, your body still thinks it is starving, and slows your metabolism down to save calories—not what you want to happen. Worse, if you don’t eat for a long time, you get really hungry, and are more likely to overeat at the next meal.

Fall in love with protein. A meal high in protein digests more slowly. It also triggers the production of less insulin, so you are less likely to develop insulin resistance, which is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Also, research has shown that when your daily diet is at least twenty-five percent protein, night-time snacking goes way down.

Brush your teeth. No one knows quite why this is, but brushing after every meal reduces the number of between-meal snacks you are likely to consume.

Toss in the hot stuff. Spicy food boosts the metabolism, so speed things up with black pepper, or even better, chili peppers.

Cook with coconut oil. It would be a sad thing to have to go without any fried food, but it helps if you avoid some cooking oils in favor of those that are better for you. Olive oil is good (for cold dishes). Avocado oil is even better, and has a very high smoke point to boot. Best of all is coconut oil, which appears to actually boost the body’s metabolic rate.

Increase your intake of fiber. Especially, ramp up your levels of what are called viscous fibers, such as glucomannan and psyllium, which you can find at a natural foods store. These are highly water soluble, so they swell up in the stomach and make you feel more full.

Take a walk. Right after whatever your biggest meal of the day is, get up, go outside, and take a walk. Brisk is better than slow, and long is better than short; but even a slow, fifteen-minute stroll is better than no walk at all.

What Defines a Healthy Weight?

Even as you begin to think about finding a competent hypnotist or hypnotherapist, a part of you probably is still asking if you really need to lose weight.

And even if you are convinced that you do, there is the question of how many kilos you need to shed. What is a heathy weight? And how do you decide when you are there?

For some people, healthy means ideal. They look back at what they weighed when they were teens, and think getting back to that weight should be the goal. That’s not realistic. People gain weight with age. That is a normal, healthy change. Even your bones get thicker when you are older. If you try to force your body to return to that earlier weight, it will fight back, and it will win.

Or you may have fantasies about matching the looks of fashion models, not thinking about the fact that many of them are essentially starving themselves, and often suffer from anorexia or bulimia.

So what is a healthy weight?

How about this? A healthy weight is one that, once you reach it, you can maintain it without a lot of effort. It may slide up or down a kilogram or two now and then, but if you are eating wisely, and getting enough physical activity, that weight becomes stable and won’t vary.

Some people go on line and dig up magic formulas that will tell them their ideal weight. They plug in their height, age, amount of exercise, and what have you, and the formula pops out a number. But, if you pick a dozen of those formulas, you will wind up with a dozen different “ideal” weights, and the results can vary by up to twenty kilograms.

Then there is waist size. Wrap a tape measure around your waist just above the belly button. For a woman, a waistline of more than ninety centimeters is too much. For men the magic number is about one hundred and two centimeters.

Or you can determine your body mass index, or BMI. You will find the means to compute that on line also. A body mass index between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy. More than that and you are overweight or obese. Less than that and you may want to try out as a fashion model.

But as you begin your hypnosis sessions, here’s a simpler way to know how things are going. When you reach that healthy body weight, you will know, not only from the comments of friends and family, but because it will simply feel right.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?

A question that clinical hypnotists and hypnotherapists hear some version of fairly frequently is, “How do I know you can hypnotise me?”

That’s actually the wrong question. I might be the most powerful, charismatic, smart hypnotist the world has ever seen, but when you stroll into my office, whatever else I may do, I am not going to hypnotise you.

The reason I’m not? Simple. You are going to hypnotise yourself. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

Going into a trance is something you do. I am here to facilitate things, to guide you and show you some different ways you can go into a trance; and I will make suggestions, hopefully useful ones, about productive ways you can benefit from being in a trance.

But you are the boss. You are in charge from the minute you walk in the door. You may decide, for instance, just how you are going to start. Most of the time, your hypnotherapist will have you sit in a comfortable chair. But some people do better lying back on a couch. Some will actually go into a trance more easily standing, or even walking about.

So you are the decider. You decide, first off, if you will go into a trance at all. Then you will decide just when you are going into a trance. You will decide how you are going into a trance. You will be in charge of how long you will stay in there, and what you will do while you are in that trance. Your hypnotherapist will have suggestions, but you will always be in charge of whether you act on them. Finally, you will decide just when you come back out of the trance.

Now, it’s true that you may not feel like you are in charge once you are in the trance state, especially if you are in a fairly deep trance. You may not be consciously aware of making any decisions at all, but you will be, even if you don’t remember afterwards.

So, you ask, why should I spend time and money going to a hypnotist? Maybe I’ll just buy a book or a CD, and teach myself. You could, in fact. The internet is loaded with self-help books and gadgets. What they are not loaded with is professionals who have the training and experience in assisting people with problems.

A competent, trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist works every day with people who are dealing with issues like yours. That professional not only knows how to help you go into a trance, but how to help you use it in a way that works for you.

The ability to enter a hypnotic state is a talent we all are born with. Think of the hypnotist as a coach who will help you hone that talent.

Trance: What You Can Expect

You are about to experience hypnosis for the first time, so naturally you wonder what it will be like. What is it going to feel like? What’s going to happen? What’s the hypnotist going to do? Will you even know what’s going on, and will you remember anything afterwards?

If you have friends who have been hypnotized and ask them about their experience, you are likely to hear anything from, “It was not all that different,” to, “I’ve never felt anything like that before.”

That’s to be expected for a number of reasons. First off, different hypnotists have different approaches and favour different techniques. Also, a competent clinical hypnotist or hypnotherapist will be responding to your needs and your personality, knowing that there is no one approach that fits everyone.

As well, some of what you experience will depend on what you expect to experience. Dr. Milton Erickson, a pioneer in modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy, put it this way: If you think being in a trance is like being asleep, you will feel like you are asleep; but if you think being in a trance is like being awake and highly focused, then you will feel like you are awake and aware of everything.

Still, there are some things that you can expect to experience with any competent hypnotist or hypnotherapist.

First, the hypnotist will spend a lot of your first session asking you about your history, your likes and dislikes, your abilities, and the problem that brought you in; and you can expect the hypnotist will listen and pay close attention to your answers.

Next, you can expect that you definitely will go into a trance. It may be a light trance, or a deep one, which will depend partly on the hypnotist’s approach, but also on just how adept you are at entering a hypnotic state. Some of us can go into a trance just by thinking about it, and some of us have to work at it.

Most of the time while you are in a trance you will be at least somewhat aware of what’s going on around you; but sometimes you may drift off to a more interesting place, and suddenly find yourself with old memories or new, creative thoughts.

While you are in a trance you will be more open to suggestion, and you may find yourself able to do things that you cannot typically do in a normal waking state—not noticing pain, for instance.

Throughout the duration of the trance, you can expect not to feel any discomfort, anxiety, or cravings. Part of the typical trance experience is to feel distant, or even disconnected, from everyday sensations.

Finally, when the session is over, you can expect to feel relaxed, comfortable, and ready for the rest of the day.

How To Quit Smoking With Hypnosis

When you make an appointment for hypnosis to stop smoking, you have taken an important first step on the road to breaking free of your nicotine addiction. You are on your way to success, but there are other things you can do for yourself to make the road smoother, and make your effort more effective.

Here are five things you can do right off:

First, look at the reasons you want to stop smoking. Forget why you should stop. For most of us, the minute we think should, our inner rebel says, “Don’t tell me what I should do, mate.”

What matters isn’t why you should quit; you’ve known all that for years. What matters is, why do you want to quit? Whether you only have one reason or a dozen—“My breath stinks,” or “My fingers look like licorice sticks,” or, “I don’t want to die,” make a list of them.

Next, write those reasons down, or print them out. Make a few copies of that list. Tape a copy of that list to your bathroom mirror. Put another on the inside of your front door. If you work in an office, put a copy in your desk drawer. If you have a mirror in your bedroom, tape one there. Put copies anywhere you are likely to see them frequently.

Now, every time your eyes come across one of those lists, stop in your tracks, look at the list, and read it. Read it slowly, and out loud, and, like they tell actors, with feeling.

Next, tell everybody you are quitting. Tell your friends, your family, your coworkers. And don’t just tell them once. Brag a little. This will actually make it harder for you to start again.

Now, give your home a thorough cleaning. If you have ashtrays, toss them out. Take all your smelly clothes to the cleaners. Some may be so smoke-polluted that they will still smell afterwards. In that case, throw them in the trash, no matter how much that pains you. Do the same with rugs and curtains if need be. It will cost some money, but then how much have you been spending on cigarettes?

Finally, identify your smoking triggers. These are behaviors and situations that have always gone with smoking in your life—having a beer, playing poker, drinking a cup of coffee. As your trance skills grow stronger, you will be able to use self-hypnosis in these situations, but for now just avoid these things whenever you can.

Why Hypnosis Works

More and more people are beginning to realise that hypnosis is real, and that it is a great tool for all kinds of jobs. Membership in organisations like the Australian Hypnotherapy Association is growing. Skilled clinical hypnotists and hypnotherapists help people lose weight and stop smoking, combat the debilitating effects of chronic pain, conquer anxiety and depression, and improve athletic performance, among other things.

There are good reasons more people, and the professionals who work with them, are looking to hypnosis to improve their daily lives.

Here are a few of those reasons:

First off, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are positive. Conventional allopathic medicine assumes that something in you is broken, and the physician is the expert who fixes you. In hypnosis, the view is that nothing is broken; you are simply not using the inner strengths and abilities you were born with. The hypnotist’s job is to help you identify those assets and put them to work.

Next, part of the power of hypnosis comes from it being an altered state of consciousness. Even a light hypnotic trance lets you focus your attention intensely, with no distractions; and a skilled hypnotherapist helps you aim that focus where it will do the most good. It’s like having a spotlight in a dark theater. Whatever the spotlight touches is brilliantly lit, everything else is dark, and you control the light.

Being in a trance also lets you ignore your conditioned sense of what is possible, and be more open to the power of suggestion. For instance, your everyday, logical belief says you can’t possibly use your mind to numb a painful part of your body. In the altered state known as trance, you discover that you can do this easily.

The hypnotic state also give you ways to do what’s known as dissociating. For instance, a traumatic memory has at least two parts—the recollection of the event itself, and the awful feelings that went with it. Under hypnosis you can split those two things apart and put the feeling aspect to one side so that the memory loses its power to cause fear or pain.

Finally, with hypnosis you are the boss. All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. It isn’t a thing the hypnotist does to you, but something the hypnotist helps you learn to do for yourself. Most problems come with a deadly dose of what is called learned helplessness, a belief that life happens to you, and you have no control. Hypnosis puts you in charge. Once you experience that feeling, you will never let it go, and it will spread to all aspects of your life.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like? Are you in a Trance?

The altered state of consciousness known as a trance is what defines hypnosis. If there is no trance, there is no hypnosis; and that trance state is different from a normal waking state.

When you are in a trance you are normally super-relaxed; your body is still, quiet, and calm. In a trance, you have what amounts to tunnel vision; your eyes see what is right in front of them if they see anything at all. You won’t notice your body unless your hypnotist of hypnotherapist guides your attention in that direction. As a trance deepens, you may not hear anything at all except the hypnotist’s voice, and possible not even that. While the trance lasts you will usually have no awareness of the passing of time.

Clearly, the hypnotic state is an altered state. On the other hand, it is not at all unusual. In fact, the altered state we refer to as a trance is normal. You spend considerable parts of each day in a trance, and you don’t even notice it most of the time.

Here’s an example. You’re driving somewhere along a route you take frequently. Suddenly you can’t remember if you made a left turn you needed to make; but then you’re at your destination, so of course you made the turn. The thing is, you were driving in a trance. Part of you was paying attention to the road, and the traffic signs, and your speed, and the vehicles around you. The rest of you was someplace else.

Here’s another example. You’re at a really good concert, all wrapped up in the music, and then intermission comes and you realize that you are hungry, and your neck is tight, and the seat is hurting your rear end. You hadn’t noticed any of that before, because the music had you in a trance.

And another. You are sitting with a friend, having a conversation, and suddenly you realise that your friend is gazing at you expectantly, and finally says, “Well, what do you think?” and you realise two things. First, you don’t know what your friend is asking about, and second, you haven’t heard a word your friend has been saying for who knows how long. Your mind had wandered off to some other space and time. You were in a trance.

You can undoubtedly think of many other times when you had experiences like these. When they come spontaneously you may call it daydreaming, or being preoccupied, or being in what some people refer to as a brown study.

When you do it on purpose, with or without a hypnotist’s help, it’s called hypnosis. So now you already know what to expect when you walk into my office on the Gold Coast office for your first appointment.